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Why military veterans might be key to closing the cybersecurity jobs gap

Why military veterans might be key to closing the cybersecurity jobs gap

By Michael Kassner | TechRepublic
Nov. 22, 2018

The number of unfilled cybersecurity positions is increasing at an alarming rate, despite the best efforts of schools and training organizations. The (ISC)², an international nonprofit association for information-security leaders, keeps tabs on the deficit, and its 2018 Cybersecurity Workforce Study report shows a widening of the global cybersecurity workforce gap to nearly three million jobs. Now consider what was estimated in the 2017 (ISC)² press release:

“The Global Information Security Workforce Study finds that the cybersecurity workforce gap is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022—a 20-percent increase since 2015.”

Another cybersecurity crisis is forming, and it’s one that cyber bad guys are happy about: Lack of experience. Let’s say it’s possible to train enough people in the art of cybersecurity to fill all the job openings—that meets the employment demand, but book learning only gets one so far. It’s a scary proposition […]